Former U.S. President George W. Bush said recently that he was concerned that the country was headed down a slippery slope toward adopting a "nativist" national mindset, harkening back to a period of xenophobia that he said was prominent in the America of the 1920s.
Speaking at a forum at Southern Methodist University last month, Bush said that he had faith a "rational immigration policy" would eventually be passed, but not for a while. The reason he believed this, he said, was because the nation as growing increasingly resistant to outside influences.
"What's interesting about our country, if you study history, is that there are some 'isms' that occasionally pop up. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism. So if you study the '20s, for example, there was an American-first policy that said, 'Who cares what happens in Europe?'" Bush said. "And there was an immigration policy that I think during this period argued we had too many Jews and too many Italians, therefore we should have no immigrants. And my point is that we've been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. I'm a little concerned that we may be going through the same period. I hope that these 'isms' pass."
During another segment of the interview, Bush also claimed that he was "through with politics," and that he wasn't interested in getting involved with campaigning or fundraising for future candidates.Answer Question
Answer by SweetLuci at 6:00 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 6:10 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
It is interesting that W was the Gov and legal resident of a large border state, and yet he did not take II on when he was POTUS. Why? Obviously it must no have been in the best interest of his state, when he was Gov, and the country when he was Pres. I think many in TX have a symbiotic relationship with MX..it works and they know it.
Answer by Sisteract at 6:29 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:42 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:52 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
As much as I could make sense of what he was trying to say, I'll give a cautious "yes, I agree with him". I think he was trying to say that throughout our history, there have been periods when the population was very outspoken about allowing immigration from one group or another, and that those sorts of prejudices, as well as isolationism, are bad for our country on many levels.
As far as Bush not wanting to campaign for any other politicians. . . I think it may be more that other politicians don't want Bush to campaign for them, the general consensus being that it didn't help John McCain, the public, and elected officials feel that GWB is responsible for our fiscal problems, and they don't want to be associated with him--even if his reputation has improved since he left office.
Answer by jsbenkert at 6:54 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by AmaliaD at 7:27 PM on Feb. 4, 2011